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Penn State Altoona to host Gene Giacomelli

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Penn State Altoona to host Gene Giacomelli

ALTOONA – Gene Giacomelli, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at the University of Arizona Tucson, will speak at Penn State Altoona Thursday, October 2, 12:10 – 1 p.m. in the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts. He will also offer an open and interactive forum with students in the Slep Fireside Lounge from 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Giacomelli directs U of A’s Controlled Environment Agriculture Center which develops economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable agricultural options. Controlled Environment Agriculture—growing in greenhouses or growth chambers—is defined as an integrated science and engineering-based approach to provide specific environments for plant productivity while optimizing resources including water, energy, space, capital, and labor.

Giacomelli has collaborated around the world for over thirty years, developing sustainable methods of growing food to feed the world, as well as designing soilless growing chambers for hydroponic produce production that sustains research teams at the South Pole research station in Antarctica. His research team created for NASA a prototype greenhouse to grow food on the moon and Mars. To learn more about Giacomelli’s research, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4Dbh0nvh-4#t=304 online.

This event is sponsored by Penn State Altoona’s Divisions of Arts & Humanities, Business & Engineering, and Mathematics & Natural Sciences along with Environmental Studies, the Honors Program, Liberal Arts Studies, and Agricultural & Women’s Studies.

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